In preparation for the Photography Farm workshop I attended recently, I decided to get in some practice and set up a stylised shoot at 'golden hour' with Jorja, a model pal of mine and Philly, a fellow photographer.
We hiked up to Chobham Commons in Woking which has an excellent woodland view and looks pretty magical when the light hits. Sweet orangey bliss.
Of course we were working against the clock, so sunset being at 9:21pm, we set off at 7:30pm, arrived at 8:00pm for set up, test shots and location scouting.
En route to the first dreamy setting, we walked past another photographer who clearly had the same idea. A friendly nod and a chuckle later, we got to the first location. We cleared the area of empties (not the usual Magners or Strongbow, but champagne...fancy) and set the scene.
Here are a few of the test shots before the light got suuuuuuuper dreamy.
Once we'd tested the light, it was time to introduce the flower crowns. The colours worked perfectly with her mermaid blue hair and ruby lipstick.
We created the wind effect using a mini reflector I have (which is actually a sunshade for a buggy but doesn't work too well for blocking out the sun, but is great as a reflector...and as we found out, wind maker).
This was a moment taken during set up, between shots. Totally candid. Just look at that gorgeous smile!
And now we're getting to the good stuff; we initially thought we weren't going to get the full effect of the 'golden hour' as it was really cloudy but just as we were losing hope, the clouds parted and our smiles widened (too cheesy?). Well, the sky gave us what we wanted and we both got some awesome shots to work with.
Then it got really moody. Doesn't this make you feel all the feelings?
I had a great time experimenting with the light and organising my first styled shoot; in fact, I have another one coming up very soon... so watch this space!
Model - Jorja Fox @msjfox